combo drive can't read burned DVD?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Squareball, May 19, 2004.

  1. Squareball
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    macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2004
    Palo Alto, CA
    My friend and I were capturing video for a project and when we were done he burned the results onto a DVD for me. It plays just dandy in his computer but when I put it into my iBook (with combo drive) it doesn't mount the disc. I tried a store bought DVD and it played just fine in my computer. Any ideas why this is happeneing? Is it something to do with that pesky DVD-R/DVD+R thing?
  2. johnnyjibbs
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    macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    It could well be the DVD+R thing. Check what drive his computer is - I expect it is DVD+RW. These discs will not run on your iBook because the drive only supports DVD-RW. I've heard Panther provides software support for +R but only if your drive supports it.
  3. dabirdwell
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    macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    This happened to me too

    A DVD burned in my 1.25 15" isn't recognized by my Dual 867 Combo drive. I thought it could be the blank discs I bought on EBay because I have had a couple not verify after their burns.
  4. wrldwzrd89
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    macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I strongly suspect that your PC friend has a DVD+RW drive and burned a DVD+R disc, which Mac OS X doesn't support fully (if you have a DVD+RW compatible SuperDrive and Mac OS X Panther, you MIGHT be able to read DVD+R and DVD+RW; the Finder burning software won't burn DVD+R or DVD+RW as far as I know, but Disk Utility will).

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